Manawar/Dhar (Madhya Pradesh): If necessity is the mother of invention, dire necessity is the mother of Jugaad and a school headmaster Shankarlal Kaag from small Gulati village in Manawar tehsil of Dhar district is making the maximum out of minimal resources.
Kaag is leaving no stone unturned to ensure comfort and safety for his students and has transformed a tractor into a school van which he purchased spending Rs 1.3 lakh from his pocket.
Sharing what forced him to take such an initiative, headmaster Kaag said that the school is situated about three-kilometre away from the village and a few years before, there was a rumour of child theft in the area. After this, the villagers stopped sending their children to school.
We are worried about our school kids' future so I decided to take the initiative to bring and drop children to and from the school on my own, but we don’t have a school bus or van.
Since we wanted to solve this problem we bought a tractor and transformed it into a vehicle to ferry the children. Now every morning I go to pick up and drop off the kids in the afternoon.
Kaag informed that he picks 24 girls from Temariapura to school in this vehicle and it costs him diesel of Rs 3,000 per month, which he bears, but he is satisfied that at least the parents of these 24 girls are sending their children without any hesitation or fear in their minds. He added that currently, 102 girl students study in the school from class first to fifth.
Since 2014, Shankarlal Kaag has spent more than Rs seven lakh from his salary on the development of the Government Girls Primary School in Gulati village. This school has provided many facilities including LED TV, projector, music system, RO water and many more.
The headmaster said that when he saw the facilities of private schools, he decided that why not provide those facilities to the girls of his village also.
Kaag has been honoured for his excellent work towards the school and said that if the girls are educated well, then they will surely bring laurels to the village. He has been demanding from the government for many years that the school should have a boundary wall.